Pho is the traditional soup dish from Vietnam. Pho Soup is delicious on a cold wintry day. Made primarily from hot water, stock, beef, rice noodles and herbs, the dish is very fulfilling. Local traders along Victoria Street are helpful if you need to pick-out ingredients for those of you brave enough to try and make a bowl of pho Soup at home
Picking out vegetables ripe for the winter season ahead.
Richmond is known for its bargain shopping. On this day, a sale of all things cosmetic was happening along Victoria Street. Revlon, Calvin Klein, Designer Brands, O.P.I , Almay and more were on sale due to overstocked products in their flagship stores, according to the friendly sales lady.
Police plan to install CCTV cameras to try and lower the crime rate. On the day I visited Victoria Street, there was a very heavy police presence and cops were randomly checking cars along side streets.
There was a feeling of something seedy mulling in the air but that could have just been all the pumpkins, capsicums, and oranges with all their juicy-contained pips.
To try and curb the crime rate, a bright green health centre is scheduled for completion this year. I was told by a builder on the site that the health centre would also provide 'safe injecting rooms'. Controversial as that may be.
There is also the Australian Vietnamese Women's Association which was established during the early 1980s and has today become a centre great for helping new arrivals to Australia. Although the title says "Women's", the centre is for everybody.
The Vietnamese people in Australia began to settle here following the Vietnam war as a safe refuge for people fleeing the atrocities of war.